M.A. Psychology

Koc University

Application deadline: May 17, 2013
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • Free (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Description

Koç University 'Master of Art (MA) in Psychology Program' is a two-year graduate program with three concentration areas: the Developmental, Social/Organizational Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. The students receive rigorous training in both statistical methods and area of specialization. The program emphasizes students’ training in both research and its applications with scholars who are leaders in their areas of expertise.

For information on the application procedure (including questions on exam requirements and scholarships), please contact Tugçe Erim, terim@ku.edu.tr

Contents

Course Descriptions

PSYC 501 Research Methods I Review of descriptive statistics and basic research methodology. Experimental methods and research design including one-way analyses,factorial designs, repeated measures, analysis of covariance, and the analyses of main effects, simple effects and interaction comparisons.

PSYC 630 Research Practicum Students are familiarized with problems that are frequently encountered during different phases of empirical research. Subsequently, students are guided through problem solving in an ongoing research project. Students gain experience in documentation, resolution, and the implementation of the solutions of problems in empirical research. Prerequisite: PSYC 501

PSYC 552 Selected Topics in Psychology Detailed examination current topics in psychology.

PSYC 580 (Selected Topics in Psychology II) Detailed examination current topics in psychology.

PSYC 504 Testing and Measurement A review of basics of psychological measurement; all steps of the process of assessment development; different methods of psychological assessment such as observational, self-administered, and interview techniques; and, ways of integrating information from multiple assessment methods are discussed. Students work with applications and discuss greater cultural, ethical, and societal context of psychological measurement.

PSYC 552 Philosophy of Science Introduces philosophy of science covering the essential works on central topics, such as the demarcation of science from non-science, the nature of scientific evidence, inference, and confirmation, theory change, and the growth of scientific knowledge. Requires reading and discussing works by Karl Popper, Pierre Duhem, Thomas Kuhn, and Imre Lakatos. Focuses on philosophy of social sciences and the relationships between philosophy of science and social science. Emphasis is on the philosophy of the theoretical and methodological practices of these disciplines.

PSYC 608 Readings and Research in Autobiographical Memory The history of autobiographical memory theoretical approaches, examination of literature, and participation in laboratory research.

PSYC 600 Advanced Research Seminar

For other courses please visit our webpage.

Faculty

  • Çigdem Kagitçibasi; Professor, Department of Psychology,

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1967
Human development, self and the family in cultural context, with both theoretical and applied/policy perspectives.

  • Sami Gülgöz; Professor, Department of Psychology,

Ph.D. University of Georgia,1989
The intersection of memory and language, learning from texts in different languages by bilingual readers, autobiographical memory including recall of autobiographical memories in different languages and the recall of emotional events

  • Zeynep Aycan; Professor, Department of Psychology,

Ph.D. Queen’s University,1996
Impact of culture (both at the social and organizational levels) on various aspects of organizational processes including human resource management practices, leadership, and work-life balance.

  • Aylin Küntay; Professor, Department of Psychology,

Ph.D. University of California,1997
Development of linguistic and communicative abilities in preschool children with an emphasis on effect of gestural and verbal input on early emergence of communication and vocabulary; narrative abilities; language comprehension; referential communication; effects of bilingual language exposure on communicative and cognitive abilities.

  • Gün R. Semin, Professor, Department of Psychology,

Ph.D. University of London, LSE, 1974
Social and sensory bases of cognition.

  • Nazli Baydar; Associate Professor, Department of Psychology,

Ph.D. Verije University Brussels, 1984
The processes that link family contexts such as single parenthood, poverty, birth of siblings, maternal depression, maternal employment to children’s developmental trajectories; interventions for improving developmental outcomes of children in socioeconomic disadvantage; cultural context of parenting.

  • Bilge Yagmurlu; Associate Professor, Department of Psychology,

Ph.D. University of Melbourne, 2003

Social and sociocognitive development in childhood; theory of mind and executive functions; temperament; institutional rearing; role of culture in parenting and child development.

  • G. Tarcan Kumkale; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology,

Ph.D. University of Florida, 2004

Attitudes, persuasion, and social influence; health communication and behavior; meta-analysis and data-mining; personality; behavior-change interventions.

  • Zeynep Cemalcilar; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology,

Ph.D. University of Texas, 2003

Social psychology of technology use, social issues in the social media; school and education related research; volunteerism; acculturation.

  • Banu Çankaya; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology,

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2007

Effects of stressful and traumatic life events on depression, suicide, and other psychological and physical well-being factors including immune functioning

  • Ilke Öztekin; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology,

Ph.D. New York University, 2008

Cognitive and neural mechanisms that support human memory, with particular emphasis on the contributions of controlled processes.

  • Fuat Balci; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology,

Ph.D. Rutgers University, 2007

Interval timing, decision-making, modeling, animal learning, psychophysics, psychopharmacology, genetic mouse models

Requirements

Statement of Purpose

  • Required for all applicants. It should not exceed 2,000 words focusing on the following questions:

  • Why do you apply to Koç University?

  • Why do you apply to the particular program?

  • What are your career objectives?

  • For applicants of PhD programs what are your research interests and who do you want to work with?

Transcripts

  • You must have a 2,5 GPA for application for MA Applications.

  • We strongly encourage applicants to submit a scanned image of the transcript at the time of application, which can speed processing; however, a final, official transcript will be required of all admitted students during registration. Applicants who have attended international institutions must submit transcripts or certified attestations of study, with certified English translations. Once translated, the original transcript and the certified translations are to be sent to the Graduate School admission office.

Letters of Recommendation

The Graduate School requires two letters of recommendation for MA applications and three for PhD applications. These should be by persons well qualified to speak from first-hand knowledge about the applicant's potential for graduate study. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online*.

* recommendation letters from faculty members is not necessary for candidates applying to graduate programs inPsychology if they are the graduates of Koc University Psychology undergraduate program.

GRE/ALES

Applicants to MA and PhD programs must have their results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE-for foreign applicants) or ALES (Akademik Lisansüstü Egitim Sinavi-for native applicants) General Test sent to the Graduate School. You need to also upload available scores during online application. You will be able to leave these spaces empty if your scores are not available at the time of application. We do accept applications without ALES and/or TOEFL scores. You must submit these scores as soon as they are announced.

GRE Score

Quantitative: 610/149

TOEFL/IELTS/ÜDS/KPDS

All native applicants and international applicants whose native language is not English must ensure that the Graduate School receives their official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Language Proficiency Information/Minimum Scores

TOEFL (Paper Based): 550/4

TOEFL (IBT): 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

YDS: 87 (For Turkish Applicants, please click for more information)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80

Funding

Financial Aid

Koc University graduate programs with thesis (MA with Thesis and Ph.D.) admit students with full tuition waiver; admitted students do not pay tuition.
Information on the tuition fee and Financial support to MA programs without Thesis can be found in each program's web page.

All admitted MA and Ph.D. students also receive the following benefits:

  • Office space and laptop.

  • Free housing nearby campus.

  • Private health insurance.

  • Coverage of expenses to participate in scientific conferences.

  • Extra trainings (e.g., international summer schools) to contribute to students’ career success.

  • Contribution towards thesis-related expenses.

  • Summer internship programs overseas.

  • Student Exchange possibilities with foreign universities

In addition to tuition waiver and above benefits, we also offer monthly stipend to the majority of our students in the "MA with Thesis" and PhD Programs.

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